Sick Gen. Tumukunde sent to Luzira

By Sania Babirye
Rtd.Gen. Henry Tumukunde has been remanded to Luzira prison by city hall court grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise.

This is after Gen.Tumukunde was charged with treason and four counts of unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition.

He has however pleaded not guilty to all five counts.

On the treason charge, Prosecution states that on the 5th of March 2020 while appearing on a morning show at one of the local Television stations in Kamwokya, the Rt. Lt Gen made utterances which were calculated to instigated the Republic of Rwanda to invade Uganda and cause a unlawful change of government.

On the unlawful possession fire arms and ammunition, its states that on the 13th of March 2020 at his office Impala Avenue in Kololo,was found in possession of 2 guns; an Ak47 and a pistol . Prosecution further states that he is charged with unlawful possession of 34 rounds of ammunition’s without a valid firearm license

He has told court on the charges of being in possession of firearms and ammunition, he was in lawful possession of the said gun since it was given to him with the said ammunition as a retired General .

Prosecution led by Viola Tusingwire has informed court that investigations into the said counts are complete and ready to bring witnesses on the 30th of this month for hearing.

Tumukunde has now been remanded to Luzira prison also until the 23rd of this month on the treason count, however court has explained that on that day, Tumukunde will not physically appear in court but will appear under the video conferencing link at Buganda road court on treason charges.

He will appear before city hall court again on the 30th of this month to start trial on unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition.

Treason, is a capital case bailable and tryable only by the High court .

The magistrate has also refused submissions from his defense team to grant him bail over ill health.

Court ruled that Luzira prison is well equipped to manage his poor health conditions.

Gen.Tumukunde however did not stand in the court docket because he was sick.

Gen Tumukunde was brought at court amidst tight security by counter-terrorism security personnel.

Only family members, his lawyers and state prosecutor were allowed to enter court and his nurse who brought a bucket with his medication in court.

Many journalists were blocked from accessing Court room as security locked all the entrances to the court room.

Tumukunde was assisted into the court room by two plain clothed detectives because he can not walk by himself.

Democratic party now open for dialogue with dissatisfied members

By Robert Segawa

Democratic Party leaders at different levels have attacked some of the party members who are championing the conflict and bickering in the party who they say are failing the party activities

The DP party leaders led by the national Party Vice President Mukasa Mbidde while addressing a news conference at national campaign party headquarters at Balintuma road in Mengo, noted that they are open to dialogue with the party members. Mbidde adds that these dialogues will aimed to streamline the party because the party leadership is currently focused at organizing the party delegates conference.

Mukasa Mbidde has also attacked the government for always interfering with the operations of the political parties that are aimed at strengthening the parties at grassroots level. He says this has now forced the members of these parties to struggle for positions at headquarters.

At the same meeting, Gerald Siranda the party Secretary General said that the party will take disciplinary action to all party members who don’t turn up for party activities.

Some of the members of parliament who include Andrew Komaketch the Deputy Party chief whip and Kenneth Bbosa Kiyingi the Bukomansimbi South Member of parliament attacked their fellow members of this generation for their failure to streamline the party and instead promote violence in the party

Police , Bobi Wine point fingers at each other over death of people power supporter

By Robert Segawa

Police and Kyadondo East member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi are accusing each other of releasing a false report regarding the death of Ritah Nabukenya.

Nabukenya who was involved in a fatal accident on Monday morning was a well known staunch people power member.

Bobiwine and his group have since attributed her death to the police patrol vehicle which allegedly knocked her near Nakawa market opposite Nakawa central division office.

However, police says the victim died from crush injuries that were caused by double Bodaboda accident which involved two motor cycles.

The police spokesperson, Fred Enanga in a statement released today says police motor vehicle registration number UP4841 was driving along Naguru road behind Nakawa Market. In between it was over taken by speeding Bodaboda that was carrying another passenger. unfortunately it come into the path of an oncoming Bodaboda from the opposite direction resulting into head on crash. According to the police statement, the boda boda that carried the victim fell down in the collision infront of a police patrol car, the other boda boda staggered and sped off the scene.

Police findings indicate that the deceased was putting on a black light trouser with a cream blouse and there was nothing like red cap or T shirt associated Bobiwine’s People power.

However, Kyadondo East legislator is still accusing police of covering up it’s crime against humanity.

Mao excludes fighting groups from DP delegates conference

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic Party (DP) president general, Nobert Mao, has revealed that all the people and the branches opposed to DP, will not be invited for delegates conference.

Mao made the remarks during a weekly press briefing in Kampala. He said the party infighting last week hit the peak after an alleged group of members attacked Mao and members of his executive at an extra ordinary meeting at Balintuma road Mengo.

Mao says the party central executive committee will crack a whip on all undisciplined members.

It is on this note that he announced that all branches and people undermining the party Will not be invited to delegates conference scheduled for May this year.

He however revealed that the secretary general was preparing over 2800 invitation cards for both delegates and special guests.

Mao clarified that the party organizing secretary, Suleiman Kidandala was suspended to prevent more damage in the party.

Kidandala was suspended by the party NEC on last Friday on grounds of violating the party Constitution and printing voters registers.

Mao however said he will be summoned and given fair hearing.

Police vows to use all means to disperse illegal meetings

By Robert Segawa

Police says that they are closely monitoring the consultative meetings of the presidential aspirants who were cleared by the electoral commission to conduct their meetings a head of the 2021 general elections

It should be noted that the electoral commission cleared six presidential aspirants to conduct consultative meetings in coordination with the police for proper safety of the public.

While addressing a press conference at police headquarters Naguru, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson noted that police is monitoring the consultative meetings of the the presidential aspirants because some of them have failed to notify the police about their meetings and instead put them on social media.

Fred Enanga also noted that police will continue to gather intelligence about the public gatherings of politicians where they will continue to use all their means including teargas to disperse them once they are organized illegally.

However Fred Enanga revealed that they are willing to police all public gatherings of politicians especially the presidential aspirants who liaise with them during their preparation

Civil society organizations aim at tackling income inequality

By Deo Wasswa

Non-governmental organizations which includes, OXFARM and Uganda women’s Network demand that government works on Tangible and deliberate actions to build a people centered economy that works for all.

According to the two organizations, this will address the increased income inequality where the country is dominated by few rich and the rest of bigger percentage is extremely poor.

According to Ritah Aciro, the Executive Director Uganda women’s Network,the government will need to put in place policies where rich people pay their fair share of taxes, investing in appropriate infrastructure that will lead to reduction and redistribution of unpaid and domestic work between men and woman, girls and boys, the state and private sector.

The two organizations’ voices come in line with the ongoing World Economy Forum meeting In Davos –Switzerland where the world leaders are meeting to engage on political, business, cultural aspects to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

FDC set to elect a flag bearer

By Deo Wasswa
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change party has commenced its preparations for presidential flag bearer elections for the 2021 elections says party deputy spokesperson Jonh Kikonyogo.

Kikonyogo said that since their consultation meetings come to an end this month ,they will soon be advertising the post for the suitable party members to apply.

He says that the party will hold a delegates conference and select the flag bearer out of those who will apply.He adds that the party is set to release the road map to this effect before the end of this month, January 2020.

He says that those planning to contest for this post should prepare all the required documents.

Police arrests Bobi Wine, transfer him to Nagalama Police

By Robert Segawa
Police has arrested and transferred to Nagalama police the leader of the People power movement, Honorable Robert Kyagulanyi and several other members of the party as they commenced consultations for the 2021 presidential election.

According to the police spokesperson Fred Enanga, 16 people have been arrested and detained at Kasangati police as they proceeded to Our lady of Good counsel play ground Gayaza where the consultative meeting was scheduled to take place.Among these are three Honorable members of Parliament. Enanga identified those arrested with Hon Robert Kyagulanyi as Hon Latif Ssebagala, Hon Asuman Basalirwa together with 13 others . He says these have been held for interrogation.

Police was forced to fire live bullets and tear gas to disperse the gatherings as it effected the arrest.

During a press briefing at police headquarters Naguru Enanga said, “the meeting is supposed to be in a closed venue or a Hotel not open space like Our Lady of Good counsel play ground.”

Last year electoral commission okayed Hon Kyagulanyi to go on with his consultation meeting in a hall not open space.

The sixteen people arrested will be charged with not obeying lawful orders and participating in unlawful meeting.

Mbabazi’s aide remanded to Luzira

By Sania Babirye

Christopher Aine, former aide to former presidential contestant John Pactrick Amama Mbabazi has pleaded guilty to charges of distracting traffic flow and obstruction of a police officer.

The 36 year old has been produced before Buganda road court grade one magistrate Stella Amabilisi but pleaded not guilty to other three charges including maliciously damaging a shirt (uniform) of police constable Peter Eyotre, assaulting and causing harm to one Dennis Kambugu by cutting his arm with a knife and going armed in public where he allegedly without any lawful excuse carried an offensive weapon (a knife ) in such a manner as to cause terror to any person.

Prosecution states that on the 27th of November 2019 at about 11am along Kampala road, Aine together with 5 other people interrupted traffic flow by impromptu stopping of motorists.

His co accused include Daniel Byansi ; a politician who pleaded guilty to the obstructing a police officer, Ken Serunjoji, Christopher Nyombi, Tonny Ssegawa and Sam Lugemwa who are all peasants from Kikugi in Ssemuto.

They have now been remanded to Luzira prison until the 30th of December.

Aine is famous for disappearing during the concluded presidents elections in which rumors spread that he had been kidnapped and murdered but he later resurfaced alive.

DP’s Mao unbothered by members named in People power coordinators list

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic party ( DP) says it will not take disciplinary action as anticipated against it’s members who are named as coordinator in people power’s team.

Last week, People power pressure group led by Kyadondo East member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobiwine released names of it’s coordinators country wide which included DP members .

The list had Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Ssegona, Butambala member if Parliament Muwanga Kivumbi, Mathias Mpuga MP Masaka municipality among others who are members of the DP block.

Addressing a news conference at the DP headquarters today , party president Nobert Mao said that DP is still committed to work with People power pressure group to bring about change , adding this should be spearheaded by DP as an institution and not at an individual level.

Mao further says he has been informed that President Museveni’s agents in opposition have the intention to destroy the people power movement and DP Bloc efforts.